De­signs on re­duc­ing crime spots

Stirling Times - - News - Jes­sica War­riner

DERELICT build­ings on the east end of Beau­fort Street in In­gle­wood have been iden­ti­fied as one of the keys to ‘de­sign­ing out crime’ in the area.

A Curtin Univer­sity re­port re­leased last month look­ing at re­duc­ing crime and the fear of crime on Beau­fort Street be­tween First Av­enue and Sal­is­bury Street re­vealed while it was rel­a­tively safe, some re­spon­dents were still wor­ried. The main con­cerns in­cluded be­ing robbed, the level of graf­fiti, van­dal­ism and re­tail theft.

Fifty-seven sec­tions of the street, its side streets and laneways were ex­am­ined, with 133 res­i­dents and users, 30 busi­nesses and 59 Night Mar­ket at­ten­dees sur­veyed.

Curtin Univer­sity ur­ban and re­gional plan­ning lec­turer Paul Cozens said derelict sites needed to be ad­dressed.

“When there are no lights on and the doors are locked up, there’s a knock on ef­fect,” he said.

In­gle­wood on Beau­fort chair­man Damien Gi­u­dici said the re­port pro­duced em­pir­i­cal ev­i­dence to back up word-of-mouth and gut feel­ing.

“While In­gle­wood’s crime statis­tics are pretty av­er­age in a metropoli­tan con­text, with a crime pre­ven­tion through en­vi­ron­men­tal de­sign (CPTED) re­port in hand we’re more con­fi­dent of where to in­vest our time and re­sources,” he said.

Mr Gi­u­dici said the eastern end of the area sur­veyed was a par­tic­u­lar hot spot for anti-so­cial be­hav­iour.

In­gle­wood on Beau­fort ap­proached May­lands MLA Lisa Baker af­ter see­ing progress in May­lands af­ter the area’s own CPTED re­port and Ms Baker se­cured $10,000 fund­ing for the work.

The re­port was pre­sented to the City of Stir­ling, with rec­om­men­da­tions in­clud­ing im­proved laneway light­ing, in­stalling CCTV, pocket parks, ur­ban art and the “cre­ative use” of empty build­ings.

Mr Gi­u­dici said In­gle­wood on Beau­fort had al­ready started to im­ple­ment some streetscape im­prove­ments, but the City could be ad­vo­cates for the area and push own­ers of derelict sites to do some­thing about them.

Stir­ling Mayor Mark Ir­win said the coun­cil would be tak­ing the re­port “very se­ri­ously”.

“We look for­ward to see­ing it im­ple­mented and be­ing part of it,” he said.

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